All street lights in Duluth are LEDs and Dark Sky compliant meaning they use less energy save money and reduce light pollution
Duluth has 186 acres of open space and parks per 1000 people. That is more open space per person than Minneapolis MN and Ann Arbor MI
In 2019 over 306,000 freight tons of wind turbine parts were delivered to Duluth ports on their journey west.

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Bruntland Commission - 1987

The Anishinaabe and other Tribal Nations inhabiting this area, including the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, sustained their communities through a balanced relationship with the land, the river, and the lake for over 10,000 years. Now, under the direction of its residents and with the guidance of city leadership, The City of Duluth seeks to continue sustainable development - centering the needs of current residents, future generations, and the environment while in pursuit of economic prosperity.

Duluth's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050 will result in a more resilient Duluth, ready to tackle the effects of our changing climate and pollution. For more information on how we plan to make progress, see our Climate Action Work Plan.

Solar Energy

Over 40 attendees joined the fifth Sustainable Duluth workshop to explore solar energy, covering solar technology's evolution, installation processes, financing options, and community initiatives for advancing solar adoption.

Food Systems

We heard from a wide variety of local experts on resources and programs related to gardening, agriculture, pollinators, and more!

Community Geothermal

The City was awarded a $700,000 grant from the Department of Energy for the design of a geothermal district energy system that would serve the commercial district of Lincoln Park!

Sustainable Duluth: Waste

We learned about waste reduction and management from local organizations.

Community Energy Resiliency

The City is working with community partners to understand how and where solar photovoltaics and battery storage should be deployed to strengthen community resiliency in the face of extreme weather events.

Renewing City Hall, Saving Energy

Duluth City Hall is in the process of receiving upgrades to increase safety and energy efficiency.

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